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Re: night terrors

Posted by clare on February 8, 1999, at 14:24:21

In reply to night terrors, posted by Terry on February 8, 1999, at 9:24:59

I apologize if I sounded like I was discarding
the seriousness of anyone's depression or that
drugs do not provide relief in dire circumstances. I do worry about their long term
use as a treatment.

What caught me was Terry's experience of
dying as she's waking up and how frightening that
can be. I have had dreams where I awaken and
cannot move because I am so frightened - of what
I don't know - and that is without taking any

What resonates in me is that dreams are so
important that if you are having night terrors
then your psyche is telling you that something is
very wrong. Perhaps it's simply the combination
of drugs or the amount. But, your mind is saying
hey - something's wrong here - dreams are the one
thing that is truly ours without any intervention
from the outside - and to lose or discount that
source of wisdom is, I believe, a mistake.

Carol referred to her nightmares about graduate
school. I have had dreams throughout my life
of being in college and suddenly realizing I'd
never attended a class and today was the final.
THe anxiety and fear of failure was palpable. I've
also had recurring dreams of nazis throughout my life.
I am now reading "Meeting the Madwoman" by
Linda Leonard, in which she describes the dreams
of other women, and makes mention of many women
who dream of nazis and it having to do with their
relationship with a particular type of mother.
I would highly recommend the book to other women.
Terry, I don't know if you are a man or a woman.
Unfortunately, I don't have any books to recommend
to men.

I guess my point is, don't ignore your dreams.

As to Sean's point about psychiatry knowing
when to draw the line -
I went to a psychiatrist 18 years ago. He could
not understand why I was so angry and he told
me that several times. He told me it was good
that I rejected my mother when I was a child because my mother was mentally ill. What
he didn't know about the origins of my anger
I have come to find out through my study of Jung.
If your psychiatrist doesn't understand your
problem, and ascribes your failure to be cured
not to his failure, but to yours, does he really
know when to turn to drugs?




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